SpaceX has successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on one of its drone ships. This landing brings many firsts for the next-gen company based in Seattle. For starters it is the first landing of SpaceX in the Pacific and the first landing for the drone ship named – ”Just Read the Instructions.” Its also the first landing of SpaceX rockets, since the last landing was way back in August.
SpaceX has its ambitious plans to land its rockets on Moon, Mars and beyond. The companies’ plans were halted way back in September as one of the rockets of the SpaceX burst into flames while refueling. That incident put a temporary halt on SpaceX launches. Now the company is back at it with its latest successful landing of the Falcon 9 rocket in one of its custom ships in the Pacific.
SpaceX has evolved its technology to make the reuse of Rockets possible after landings. It drastically helps in cost reduction and cost efficiency, as most of Rockets become unusable after landings. The company ultimately wants to make Space Travel cost effective. The reusable rockets are one step in that way. This saves the company from making a new rocket all over again. The rockets can be used simultaneously from a fleet. The cost efficiency and benefits rise as more and more flights are undertaken by the reusable rockets.
SpaceX is also planning to put a constellation of internet beaming satellites by 2025. The internet business is expected to earn $25 Million for the company. However its a long way to go for the futuristic company, which is trying to reduce its costs. It has suffered some considerable losses due to the September debacle of one of its rockets. The Wall Street Journal put the losses of the company in 2015 at around $260 million. There’s also a 6 percent drop in revenue.
Putting the costs and losses aside, SpaceX has a full year of launches ahead. It is expected that the company would launch around 25 rockets this year. Some of which may be the reused rockets recovered earlier by the company. The Company is still not using the recovered sections of first stage components of Falcon 9 rockets. SpaceX aims to do so by researching to maximizing the efficiency of the recovery process of rocket components. Meanwhile you can take a sneak peek at the landing snapshot of Falcon 9 below.